Towards an Open Source Fully Modular Multi Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Simulation Framework

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With the trend towards smart cities, the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) is becoming more and more diverse. An economical and insightful way to study the use of UAV s in cities is through the utilization of computer simulations. However, currently available simulators are only of limited use to investigate such scenarios: often they have been developed for a dedicated use case, can only handle single UAV s, or the software was not made available with an open license. In this paper, we present AirMobiSim, a modular and microscopic UAV simulation framework, which is available under a GPLv2 license. AirMobiSim provides the basis for the creation of kinematic and energy models for different UAV types. It can support an arbitrary number of UAV s and can be coupled with other simulators via open interfaces, for example to examine systems using wireless communication between UAVs. We furthermore present our approach for model-building and show that AirMobiSim can already accurately reproduce existing work. We also highlight current limitations and show prospects for future work.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2022 IEEE 42nd International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems Workshops (ICDCSW)
Place of PublicationBologna, Italy
Number of pages6
ISBN (print)978-1-6654-8880-8
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2022


Title2022 IEEE 42nd International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems Workshops
Abbreviated titleICDCSW 2022
Duration10 July 2022

External IDs

Scopus 85143759276
ORCID /0000-0002-8846-8374/work/142241965
Ieee 10.1109/ICDCSW56584.2022.00060
ORCID /0009-0008-5617-9528/work/152542205


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  • Wireless communication, Smart cities, Atmospheric modeling, Computational modeling, Microscopy, Kinematics, Licenses